Ukraine’s largest sailboat will be repaired and handed over to the Naval Institute
The sailing frigate Druzhba, which has been idle in the Practical Harbor of the Odessa Sea Port for almost two decades, will be repaired and handed over to the Institute of Naval Forces of the Odessa Naval Academy.
“Druzhba sailboat is very important for the training of our sailors, so we will hand it over to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. It will be repaired so that cadets can go to sea practice on it, “the head of state said.
The Druzhba sailboat is the second in a series built on the famous Gdańsk Shipyard in the 1980s and 1990s. The frigate has five “sisterships” (ships of the same project – ed.), One of which belongs to Ukraine, three are in Russia and one – in Poland.
In Soviet times, cadets of the Odessa Academy and future sailors from Kherson, Rostov-on-Don and Novorossiysk practiced on board. Today, it serves only as a basis for production practice – the guys who graduated from the first year are engaged in the current repair of the frigate.
In 2013, the rector of the Maritime Academy Mikhail Miyusov noted that the ship is now on the move and at least tomorrow can independently reach the docks of Sevastopol for the necessary repairs. However, he estimated the repair and restoration works at a round sum – from 5 to 12 million hryvnias (at the then prices).
“First of all, the vessel needs to clean the underwater part, repair the bottom-outboard fittings, check the condition of the propeller, marine engines and navigation systems. It all costs about five million. The Register has no special requirements for sailing equipment, and its updating is possible already in the course of operation. With the replacement of standing and mobile rigging, the purchase of a new set of sails, the restoration of the wooden deck, the cost of work will increase to 12 million, “said the rector.
We will remind, earlier we reported that in Odessa the research vessels “James Clark Ross” and “Belgica” transferred to Ukraine received new names.
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